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Power ministry cuts capacity addition target 35%

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GenerationSlow project implementation by the central sector in 2010-11 has forced the ministry of power to reduce is capacity addition target for the 11th Plan by 35% to 51,000 mw. At the beginning of the Plan, the government had set a target of adding 78,000 mw, which the ministry revised down to 62,000 mw after a mid-term appraisal. Latest estimates mean a further downward revision.

For the record, only 12,160 mw capacity was added during 2010-11, as against a targeted 20,359 mw. The country added 9,263 mw of capacity in 2007-08, 3,454 mw in 2008-09 and 9,585 mw in 2009-10.

For the final year of the 11th Plan, the government expects to add 17,196 mw of capacity, leaving a gap of 18% in meeting the revised target of 62,000 mw.

In 2011, the central sector missed its target by 40%, adding 4,280 mw, even as state sector utilities missed their target by 57%, adding 2,759 mw.

The private sector fell short of its target by a lower margin - at 5,121 mw, its achievement was 25% lower than the target.
The thermal power segment saw a capacity addition of 11,250 mw during the year as against a target of 17,793 mw. In the hydropower segment, 690 mw of capacity was added as against a target of 1,346 mw, while in the nuclear segment only 22 mw was added as against a target of 1,220 mw.

In its assessment, the power ministry has said that Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd could meet only 51% of its target of supplying main plant equipment.

The public sector undertaking supplied 5,721 mw of power equipment as against a target of 11,302 mw. The delivery rate of power equipment from Chinese companies was much better at 85% as they supplied 5,293 mw of power equipment as against orders of 6,218 mw.

Source- DNA


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